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Charmosyna pulchella rothschildi

Common Name: Rothschild's Fairy Lorkieet

Range: Cyclops Mountains and montane slopes above Idenburg River

Charmosyna pulchella rothschildi
  • as pulchella, but with broad green band to breast with yellow streaks; blackish patch to nape extends to eye; abdomen reddish-black; under tail-coverts washed with yellow.
  • Female with much broader green band to breast; greenish-yellow patch to both sides of lower back.
  • Length: 18.5 cm.
  • Status: fairly common to seldom, numerous in localities.
  • Note: third subspecies Charmosyna p. bella no longer recognized.
  • Cyclops Mountains and northern slopes above Idenburg River, West Irian.
  • Habitat: forest, forest edges and tall secondary vegetation between 750 and 2,300 m; also occasional forays into lower areas to sea level.
  • quiet parrot, but very lively; mostly confiding from outset and not shy; aggressive towards other birds; very susceptible during acclimatization period; even later risk of fungal infection; therefore strict hygiene necessary.
  • Breeding behavior: breeding season end of December/beginning of January to April; possibly nests in hollows in thick tree moss; egg measures 18.9 x 16.2 mm.
  • Breeding in aviculture: often achieved; breeding often begins in May; clutch consists of 2 eggs; brooding usually begins after laying of second egg; incubation 25 days; fledging period 55 days; two breedings per year possible; nestbox 12 x 12 x 25 cm; if possible isolate pairs as aggressive when breeding.
Social Behavior
  • in pairs or small groups outside breeding season; in West Irian occasional large mixed flocks with other lory species or honeyeaters when foraging in tops of flowering trees and bushes; flight swift and straight; regular repeating of high-pitched sounds during flight; shrill chattering when feeding; otherwise brief, pleasant-sounding calls.
  • ideally aviary at least 2 x 1 x 2 m; also tall birdroom cage 1 x 0.6 x 1.5 m; keep at normal room temperature; outside flight only on warm summer days.
  • lory mix of porridge, honey, yoghurt, pollen, brewer's yeast, vitamins and mineral supplements; various fruit (especially soft pear, peach, passion fruit, apple and grapes); greenfood; berries ( rowan, pyracanthus, rose-hip); fresh twigs with flowers and buds; high Vitamin A requirement; allergic reaction to protein and fatty food; in addition perhaps proprietary lory feed.
  • Natural diet: pollen, nectar and flowers, probably also insects.